Stickers and labels can be slapped on everything, from glassware to clothing to home décor. Removing adhesive that is left behind can be a chore. Using the wrong solution or sharp-edged tool when removing stickers can damage the surface where the sticker was stuck. From gentle DIY adhesive-remover recipes to manipulating commercial cleaners to rid your item of a sticky substance, there are many ways to get the job done without harming the furniture, car, gift or other item.
Goo Gone Defense
Goo Gone is a go-to item for housekeepers and caregivers of young children. It annihilates sticky residue on walls, mirrors, windows and other nonporous surfaces that tend to get the brunt of blatant sticker use by tiny hands.
Spray the entire sticker with the Goo Gone or dab it onto a clean cloth and blot the sticker, paying particular attention to the edges. Let it sit for a few minutes before scraping the sticker away from the flat surface with a razor blade or putty knife.
Be careful when using Goo Gone on clothing, carpeting or other loose-fiber materials. It can damage the material or loosen carpet fibers from the pad underneath.
Nail Polish Remover
Nail polish remover can be used as an adhesive remover home remedy. This homemade sticker residue eradicator requires just a cotton ball and a bottle of store-bought acetone. Blot the remover around the edges of the sticky spot.
As with any other liquid DIY adhesive remover, scrape up the reside with a sharp blade or butter knife after the solution has sat on the spot for a few minutes. This loosens the adhesive so that it will pull right up from the slick surface.
Always check that the surface won't be damaged when it comes in contact with the nail polish remover.
Rubbing Alcohol to Remove Stickers
Rubbing alcohol is a good substitute if you don't have nail polish remover on hand. This may also be better for wood and cloth materials. Rubbing alcohol will loosen the properties of the adhesive so it will roll off the surface. It will also dry quickly, so the material isn't subject to a wet stain that will take hours to dry.
Oil as a Remover
Mineral oil makes a fantastic sticker remover for large areas on nonporous surfaces. It can be blotted onto the sticker and left overnight or for just a few minutes. If you have a stubborn sticker, alternate using a sharp-edged blade while working the oil under the sticker.
Baby oil and mineral oil are the same thing. Baby oil just has a bit of gentle scent added to the mineral oil.
WD-40 to Remove Adhesive
This household workhorse is ideal for removing bumper stickers from cars or any sticker from a painted surface. WD-40 is gentle on metals and will help the adhesive to peel away from the painted surface. It works well for picture frames and other household objects that might react to acetone, rubbing alcohol, toothpaste, oils or other adhesive removers.
Homemade Adhesive Remover
A general cleaner made from household detergents and astringents can also work wonders to remove sticky substances from surfaces around the home.
A mix of a quarter cup of rubbing alcohol and two parts of water with a drop of dishwashing liquid can be used to soak large stickers, such as unwanted bumper stickers or official notices left on windows. It also works well in cleaning windows and wood countertops.
A mix of one part of hydrogen peroxide to a quarter part of dishwashing liquid and two parts of water can also clean up adhesives on clothing or upholstered furniture without damaging the material. It also makes a great stain remover for clothing. Keep it in an opaque bottle and in a cupboard if you plan to use any leftover mixture later.